Orkney & Shetland

Valuation Joint Board

 

 

ELECTORAL REGISTRATION

The Register of Electors

  • The Register of Electors is a list of names and addresses of those who are qualified to vote at different elections and referendums.

  • It is updated and re-published annually on 1st December after the annual household canvass.

  • After the new Register of Electors has been produced for the year it is updated monthly from January - September.

  • There are no updates to the register in the two months prior to the publication of the revised Register.

  • By law the Electoral Registration Officer must produce two versions of the register: The Electoral Register and The Open Register.

 

Registering to Vote

  • You can register to vote any time online at: www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

  • You will need your National Insurance Number and Date of Birth to complete an application.

  • If you have lost your National Insurance Number you can phone the National Insurance helpline on: 0300 200 3500. They will not provide your details over the phone but they will post them to you.

  • It only takes a couple of minutes to complete an online application.

  • If you live in Orkney, you can call 01856 876222 to get through to a member of the Electoral Registration Team in the Orkney Electoral Registration Office to help you with this process.

  • If you live in Shetland, you can call 01595 745700 to get through to a member of the Electoral Registration Team in the Shetland Electoral Registration Office to help you with this process.

 

How do I check if I am registered to vote?

  • You cannot check online to see if you are registered to vote - the Register of Electors for each area is not published online.

  • To find out if you are registered in Orkney you can call 01856 876222 to get through to a member of the Electoral Registration Team in Orkney.

  • To find out if you are registered in Shetland you can call 01595 745700 to get through to a member of the Electoral Registration Team in Shetland.

 

Am I eligible to vote?

  • You must register for the address at which you currently reside - this is your permanent place of residence. Not a temporary place of residence such as a second home or holiday home.

  • You can vote in UK Parliamentary Elections and European Elections if you are 18+ (17 year olds can register but not vote until 18).

  • You can vote in Scottish Parliamentary Elections and Scottish Local Government Elections if you are 16+ (15 year olds can register but not vote until 16).

  • Nationalities eligible to vote in all elections and referendums subject to any other statutory restriction: British citizens, Commonwealth citizens who have leave to remain in the UK or who do not require such leave and citizens of the Republic of Ireland.

  • Nationalities entitled to vote at Scottish Parliamentary and Local Goverment Elections only: citizens of other European Union countries.

  • More information available at: https://www.yourvotematters.co.uk/can-i-vote/who-can-register-to-vote

 

Special Category Electors

Please click on the below links to get more information about the following:

 

Absent Voting

You can vote in different ways:

 

Annual Canvass

  • Every year it is mandatory for the Electoral Registration Officer to conduct a household canvass in their area to update the information on the Electoral Register.

  • Household Enquiry Forms are sent to all households to request up-to-date information and they must be completed.

  • This normally takes place between July - November.

  • All information gathered is published in the 1 December Electoral Register.

 

Change of Name

If your name has changed since you registered you can change your details by completing a Change of Name Form which you can download, print off, complete and return to the relevant office address stated below.

CHANGE OF NAME FORM DOWNLOAD FROM HERE

For further information:

Orkney Office

Orkney and Shetland Valuation Joint Board
8 Broad Street
Kirkwall
Orkney
KW15 1NX

 

Tel No -   01856 876222

Shetland Office

Orkney and Shetland Valuation Joint Board
20 Commercial Road
Lerwick
Shetland
ZE1 0LX

 

Tel No -   01595 745700
 Fax No - 01595 745710